[OSGeo-Discuss] Fun Event in Victoria with mix of OSGeo/LocationTech projects

Jody Garnett jody.garnett at gmail.com
Thu Nov 12 10:43:31 PST 2015


Last year Rob (who is new to our open source community) volunteered to
chair foss4gna.

I think it is amazing when we have volunteers, especially when they are new
to the community. Indeed my first response is to be careful that in their
enthusiasm a new volunteer does not take on too much and burn out. Based on
my experience I feared setting up a conference was going to qualify as too

I had hoped we would be welcoming, and concerned for his welfare when faced
with such a large task. There were some questions about what was going on,
who LocationTech was, and so forth.

Our strength at OSGeo is being a people powered organization. I had hoped
we would look out for the people (such as Rob) and was embarrassed when we
missed that mark.

Sorry if that is a bit harsh, expressing personal feeling etc...

Jody Garnett

On 12 November 2015 at 15:46, Venkatesh Raghavan <
raghavan at media.osaka-cu.ac.jp> wrote:

> Hi Jody,
> On 2015/11/12 20:01, Jody Garnett wrote:
>> I have gotten a number of private emails expressing concerns about
>> LocationTech being involved in several of the foss4g bids. I guess I had
>> the opposite concern last year when there was the joint OSGeo /
>> LocationTech foss4gna conference. I was kind of embarrassed our behavior
>> as
>> a community - would prefer to see us as welcoming and supportive
>> (especially as we had a first time organizer that could use our support).
> Can you clarify what "our" in your e-mail points to?
> I cannot understand "*our* behaviour as a community" and
> "first time organizer that could use *our* support.
> Venka
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